Our Community Foundation has been working closely with the Ouray Trails Group to arrange a bargain sale and transfer of ownership of two parcels of land needed to complete the popular Ouray Perimeter Trail. Part of the deal was a $50,000 in kind donation from our Community Foundation to make the project affordable to the all- volunteer nonprofit group.
Ouray locals Bob Risch and Ben Tisdel have been spearheading the collaborative initiative. Notes Bob Risch, Chairman of the Ouray Trails Group, “We really want to finish the perimeter trail. It is such a draw, a positive attraction, for both our residents and visitors from out of town. We are so pleased the Community Foundation was willing to work with us to make this project a reality.” Ben Tisdel, Chairman of the Ouray Nordic Council, assisted with real estate analysis and fundraising to make the purchase possible.
Beginning at the Visitor’s Center, the trail traverses scree slopes and cliff bands, offering incredible views of the surrounding mountains. It also crosses meadows and passes through forested areas that provide a sense of remoteness and serenity. The Trails Group hopes to finish the complete trail by Spring of 2015, in time for the next hiking season. A kiosk at the new trailhead will recognize all the people who made the project happen, including the Western Colorado Community Foundation/Dave and Mary Wood Fund.